Bornholm— the 588-square-kilometer Danish island located in the Baltic about 30 miles southwest of Sweden’s southern tip—is a test-bed for new ideas for sustainable electrical power. The demonstration project must integrate power transmitted from the mainland via a seabed cable with locally produced wind, photovoltaic (generated by commercial and home units), biomass, and biogas in a grid that supplies 28,000 customers.
The EcoGrid EU system, which debuted on the island this fall, provides each customer with information on power pricing and availability, and controls distribution throughout the system (including residential, industrial and commercial building appliances). In this Tech Insider webinar, Maja Felicia Bendtsen, the engineer who oversaw the EcoGrid EU launch for the island’s Oeskraft power company, and Andreas Arendt, engineer for Siemens, which designed and built some of the system’s key components, will share key concepts and lessons learned to date in one of the world’s most ambitious smart grid projects.
Andreas Arendt is Project Manager and WP4 Leader of the EcogridEU project for Siemens Smart Grid Services. He started at Siemens in 2005 in the control center business concentrating on network applications and control center applications for customers. Since 2011 he has worked in the field of smart grid applications, with a focus on microgrids, virtual power plants and renewable integration.
Maja Bendtsen is head of projects at the Danish utility Østkraft, which is based on the island of Bornholm. Ms. Bendtsen plays a leading role in both the EDISON Project and the Eco Grid EU project, among other programs, and is responsible for testing the actual project implementation in Bornholm. She served as a member of the Smart Grid Network guiding the Danish government on the national SmartGrid strategy. Ms. Bendtsen holds a Master of Science degree in chemistry and a Six Sigma Green Belt certification. She was born and raised on the island of Bornholm in Denmark.
IEEE Spectrum “Tech Talk” contributor Douglas McCormick is a New York City-based freelance writer and communications consultant specializing in technology and life science. He has been editor or editorial director of such publications as PM360 (for healthcare marketers), BioTechniques (for molecular biology researchers), Pharmaceutical Technology, and Nature Publishing Company’s Bio/Technology (now called Nature Biotechnology). He was founder, CEO, and CTO of Physician Verification Services (an internet based healthcare marketing start-up) and, earlier, corporate director of scientific communications at SmithKline Beecham and computer science editor at Hayden Book Company.
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